Police arrest 500 as group declares Biafra republic

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PolicMen in Enugu on Monday arrested over 500 persons for
allegedly being part of the purported re-declaration of  Biafra as a
sovereign state.
The  group under the aegis  of Biafra Zionist
Movement had  converged on an open field in Coal Camp area of Enugu where
the leader, Mr. Ben Onwuka, addressed them.
However,  after   Onwuka’s address,
policemen led by the  Enugu Central Police Station Divisional Police
Officer, Mr. Ike Mba, arrested him and other  members of the group, who
displayed Biafran, American  and  Israeli flags.

The suspects were  arraigned before a court  and
remanded in police custody afterwards.

Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu State, Mr. Ebere
Amaraizu, confirmed the arrests.
He said, “No fewer than 500 persons believed to be members
of BZM, which is also believed to be a faction of the Movement for the
Actualisation of  Sovereign State of Biafra, have been arrested by the
police.
“The group was led by one Ben Onwuka and the members were
arrested at Akwata, off Agbani Road, Enugu. They were arrested with 61 Biafran
flags, 13 berets, three bands and eight BZM forms.”
While addressing the crowd, Onwuka  said, “It is
clear that the security of lives  and property of  Biafran people
is  no longer  guaranteed in the entity called Nigeria.
“Therefore, we  have resolved to re-declare our
independence today based on the mandate given to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu on
May 30,  1967 to provide our people security according to international
law.
“It is clear that our people’s right to worship, according
to our Christian faith, is no longer guaranteed. Therefore, we  
Biafra people have resolved to opt out of Nigeria.
“Today, the re-birth of the Republic of Biafra is finally
actualised.
“On the international arena, the Republic of Biafra would
establish and maintain a very pro-Israel international relations. Biafra would
consider an attack on Israel and the Jewish people as an attack on Biafra.”
Source: Punch

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